The Red Hook Criterium Milano No. 6 this Saturday, October 10th

Posted 3 days, 14 hours ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar

The final race of the 2015 Red Hook Criterium Championship Series presented by Rockstar Games is this Saturday in Bovisa, Milan. Following races in Brooklyn, London and Barcelona, the final leg sets up to be one of the most thrilling conclusions yet. 325 athletes from over 27 countries will descend upon Milan to compete in the city’s 6th annual Red Hook Crit finale.

A view of the crowds at the start of the Men’s race at last year’s Milano No. 5 (Photo: Mauro Tittoto)

Women’s series leader Ainara Elbusto has a commanding 115 point lead. Second to her is Kacey Lloyd (92 points) who – sporting the Rockstar Games jersey – outsprinted Elbusto in the final stretch of the Barcelona race to win in dramatic fashion. Barcelona’s Top Antagonist Winner Fleur Faure (67 points) sits in third place followed closely by last year’s Milan winner Ash Duban (62 points). We’re looking forward to seeing newcomer Gretchen Stumhofer (45 points), who placed eighth in her Red Hook Crit debut at London, then third last month at Barcelona.

Kacey Lloyd’s final sprint against Ainara Elbusto at Barcelona No. 3, followed closely by Gretchen Stumhofer. Photo: @strict / @eloisemavian

In the men’s series, led by Italy’s own Ivan Ravaioli (97 points), the top 5 are all still mathematically viable to win the overall championship series. While Puerto Rico’s William Guzman (76 points) sits second place with powerhouse performances in all three races so far this year, we saw a heated battle develop between Ravaioli and Mario Paz Duque (66 points) in Barcelona – and look forward to seeing how the competition will unfold in Milan. Not to be counted out are Italian dark horses Fabio Scarazzati (67 points) and longtime RHC competitor Augusto Reati (66 points).

Mario Paz Duque and Ivan Ravaioli battle in London and Barcelona (Photos: @strict / @eloisemavian)

While the men’s field grows more competitive with the likes of French pro Loic Chetout making his first RHC appearance, and the return of David Santos - perhaps one of the most notable changes is the absence of Eduard Grosu, who has back-to-back wins in Milan the past two years.

Spectators bang barrier panels and ring cowbells to cheer athletes approaching the start/finish straightaway at Milan No. 5 (Photo: @strict / @eloisemavian)

For anyone in or nearby Milan, the race is free for all spectators and will surely be a day of world-class racing. The qualifications will begin around 12:30 with the final races beginning around 20:00. Best of luck to all of the athletes and for more information visit the official Red Hook Crit website and follow them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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"What Happens in the Dark": A Collaborative GTA Artwork Fanzine

Posted 2 weeks, 3 days ago | Author: R* X | Filed Under: Rockstar, Games

Last month, we told you about a work-in-progress not-for-profit art zine entitled What Happens in the Dark being crowdsourced from the worldwide GTA fandom scene. Well, it’s been recently completed and released – and it’s even more awesome than expected.

74 pages worth of brilliant GTA fan art curated and compiled impeccably by editor and designer G.E. McKinnon and their Not Lit House online imprint. 

We continue to be amazed and inspired every single day by the creative efforts of the worldwide GTA player community – from the Snapmatic photographers scene to the moviemaking of Rockstar Editors to talented illustrators such as these – and this wonderful compendium of original artwork is truly humbling to see. 

Thank you to all of the artists who participated in this collection and a special thanks to McKinnon and veteran GTA fandom artist Amanda Burke - not only for their own artwork and contributions, but for their very sweet sentiments in the book’s foreword found on page 3.

A very fun read for any GTA fan, you can see the entire zine online at or you can download the PDF via MediaFire or Google Drive. Check out just a few of the excellent pieces found in the zine, below.


by Amanda Burke

by Chococri

"Double Cross" by SOMETHING CRISPY

"T" by Rudy Gapon

"Paula Abdul - Cold Hearted.MP3" by Rudy Gapon

"Ghost of Mount Gordo" by Darien

Untitled by Gattobamboom

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Our fan art column here at the Rockstar Newswire rounds up some of the latest and most impressive fan-made creations curated from all across the internet. If you’ve spotted or created something amazing that you think the world needs to see, please share it here in comments for the Social Club community to enjoy or send it our way to check out via

Tyler the Creator and Danny Brown GTA Online Livestream Today Tues Sept 22

Posted 2 weeks, 4 days ago | Author: R* A | Filed Under: Music, Rockstar, Games

Tune in tomorrow Tuesday September 22nd at 3:30pm Eastern (12:30pm Pacific; 8:30pm British) on the Rockstar Twitch and YouTube channels for an official GTA Online livestream with very special guests from the GTAV soundtrack Tyler the Creator and Danny Brown. Tyler will be joined by Odd Future’s Taco and Jasper Dolphin and Danny will be joined by his Bruiser Brigade crewmates Dopehead and DJ Skywlkr – all happening live from Rockstar NYC while they’re in town for the Rocky and Tyler tour stop at Madison Square Garden tomorrow night. Get ready for a full-on Odd Future versus Bruiser Brigade battle playing brand new Adversary Modes from the Freemode Events Update and more.

* Please note that with all livestreams, dates, times and guests are very much subject to change. Follow, and to get live notifications of when streams begin. And stay tuned for more Rockstar livestreams in the weeks ahead to be announced.

Check It Out: The Warriors Reunion in Coney Island this Sunday September 13th

Posted 4 weeks ago | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Rockstar, Games

Attention all you boppers. The Warriors are back in the city and headed to CI, the big Coney. This coming Sunday September 13th, many of the film's original cast members will be reuniting at the Surf Pavilion for The Warriors Coney Island Festival in what they're dubbing the "Last Subway Ride Reunion Tour". 

Hosted by singer John Joseph of the Cro-Mags (you may have heard their work on Liberty City Hardcore), the day will feature everything from meet-and-greets with the original cast (including many of The Warriors themselves as well as actors who portrayed memorable members of rival gangs like the Orphans and Baseball Furies), live music from bands including Sick of It All (another LCHC alumni), a costume contest and a film screening right there on the gang's turf. Doors open at 10 A.M. and tickets are available for purchase here. If you’re as big a fan of this cult classic as we are and you’re in the NYC area, it sounds like one not to miss.

This fall also marks the 10th Anniversary of our own 2005 videogame adaptation of The Warriors - so for those of you who can't make that long journey to BK, feel free to get nostalgic by sharing your best Warrior-themed GTA Online Jobs for others to play. We’ll be looking to feature them next month in a special edition Throwback Jobs post alongside homages to 2005’s Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories as well.

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Red Hook Crit Barcelona No. 3 Recap

Posted 1 month, 1 day ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar

The top 5 women take their place on the podium while race winner Kacey Lloyd raises up the custom Cinelli prize bike. [Photo: @strict / @eloisemavian]

This past Saturday’s Red Hook Criterium Barcelona No. 3 saw some of the championship series’ most thrilling racing yet. Congratulations to all of the athletes who participated and to winners Ivan Ravaioli, whose hard-fought performance maintains his series lead, and Kacey Lloyd who has battled series leader Ainara Elbusto all season and pulled out a victory on Saturday. 

The women's feature race included 45 competitors competing over 20 laps. Series leader Elbusto scored the fastest qualifying lap of the day at 1:43.21 and led the race taking the first and midway prime. The lead pack included Elbusto, Lloyd, and sisters Lucia and Alicia Gonzalez of Spain. 

In the Women's qualification race, 45 riders battled to post their best lap times to determine starting positions for the feature race. [Photo: @strict / @eloisemavian]

With 12 laps remaining, RHC veteran Fleur Faure attacked the Gonzalez sisters coming out of turn 10 but crashed into the barriers bringing the race to a halt. The medical staff examined Faure, who after getting to her feet told the staff she had to keep racing. The crowds began to roar, banging barrier panels and supporting Faure's tenacity while she rode to the start/finish to reset the race. Her unrelenting competitiveness and ferocious performance earned Faure the Rockstar Games Award for Top Antagonist. Elbusto controlled the final laps with Vittoria Reati and Lloyd behind. In the final lap, Lloyd attacked out of the hairpin in the second dramatic sprint to the finish between Lloyd and Elbusto we've seen this series. Lloyd maintained her lead ahead of Elbusto to win by half a wheel. 

It's a photo finish as Kacey Lloyd bests championship leader Ainara Elbusto by half a wheel to win the Red Hook Crit Barcelona 2015. [Photo: @strict / @eloisemavian]

The men's race started with series leader Ivan Ravaioli taking the first lap prime away from four-time consecutive prime winner Mario Paz Duque of Columbia. With seven laps remaining, Paz Duque and Ravaioli opened up a massive 20 second lead over the field with Paz Duque leading the way, but then with just two laps remaining a race neutralizing crash brought out the red flags, halting the race. A furious Paz Duque waved his arms as he passed through the start finish line and ignited the crowd. As the race was reset, Paz Duque's fans were chanting his name, jumping up and down, and bringing the crowd to properly rowdy excitement. 

The moment Mario Paz Duque (left) and Ivan Ravaioli (right) start their epic breakaway, this is how the race would finish with Ravaioli taking first place. [Photo: @strict / @eloisemavian]

In the final two laps, the leaders were granted their 20-second gap, followed by the chase pack in a delayed start. 
Ravaioli attacked Paz Duque with half a lap remaining and sprinted out of turn 10 to take the final victory. Paz Duque naturally took the Rockstar Games Top Antagonist award for his performance. 

The final round of the Red Hook Criterium Championship Series 2015 heads to Milan on October 10. Keep an eye on the Red Hook Crit Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more news and updates as the series finale approaches.

Race Director David Trimble gives his customary briefing before men's qualification in the glorious Barcelona sunshine. [Photo: @strict / @eloisemavian]

Women's Race Results
1. Kacey Lloyd, US
2. Ainara Elbusto, ES
3. Gretchen Stumhofer, US
4. Alicia Gonzalez, ES
5. Ashley Faye, NL
6. Keira Mcvitty, UK
7. Marion Dziwnik, DE
8. Carla Nafria, ES
9. Kym Perfetto, US
10. Johanna Jahnke, DE

1st lap (breakfast prime): Ainara Elbusto, ES 
Mid-way (dinner prime): Ainara Elbusto, ES
Fastest Lap Qualifying Time: Ainara Elbusto, ES (01:43.21)
Rockstar Games Top Antagonist: Fleur Faure, FR

Alfred Bobe Jr. returns from qualification.  Having posted a time only good enough for 50th on the grid he would make up an astonishing 36 places in the feature race and finish 14th. [Photo: @strict / @eloisemavian]

Men's Race Results
1. Ivan Ravaioli, IT
2. Mario Paz Duque, CO
3. Fabio Scarazzati, IT
4. Augusto Reati, IT
5. Tim Ceresa, FR
6. Zac Felpel, US
7. Daniele Callegarin, IT
8. Andrea Vassallo, IT
9. William Randy Guzman, PR
10. Paolo Bravini, IT

1st lap (breakfast prime): Ivan Ravaioli, IT
Mid-way (dinner prime): Daniele Callegarin, IT
Fastest Lap Qualifying Time: Ivan Ravaioli, IT (01:32.29)
Rockstar Games Top Antagonist: Mario Paz Duque, CO

The Red Hook Criterium Barcelona No. 3 this Saturday, September 5th

The Red Hook Criterium Barcelona No. 3 this Saturday, September 5th

Posted on September 1 2015, 10:24am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar

The Red Hook Criterium Championship Series continues on to Barcelona for the third consecutive year this Saturday, September 5th, as 300 athletes from over 30 different countries will convene at a beautiful water-front circuit in Parc Del Fòrum to compete in the ongoing race series. With all top ten competitors in both the men’s and women’s fields returning, there’s likely to be an intense battle for the final podium in the third race of the four part series that began in Brooklyn this past April and continued on to London in July.

The women’s series is led by pro cyclist Ainara Elbusto Arteaga (79 points) who has been an absolute force, placing on the podium in the past 4 events. Kacey Lloyd (57 points) – sporting the Rockstar Games racing suit – is in the hunt with two podium finishes over the 2015 series, closely followed by France’s pro rider Fleur Faure (52 points). The women’s field is growing in Barcelona, including representation by Olympic Chilean mountain biker Francisca Campos

The men’s field is tied between two ferocious riders. Red Hook Crit newcomer William Guzman (59 points) raised eyebrows in Brooklyn with a 4th place finish in his RHC premier, then dazzled crowds at London with a dramatic sprint in the final 300m for first place. He shares first place with Brooklyn winner Ivan Ravaioli (59 points), followed by perennial favorite Thibaud Lhenry (50 points). We are excited to see road cyclist David Santos and US Criterium pro Rahsaan Bahati try their luck in their first appearances at the Red Hook Crit.

For friends of Rockstar in Barcelona or nearby, entrance is free to enjoy a full day of cycling and an evening of high-intensity racing. For more information visit or check out the official Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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William Guzman and Ainara Elbusto Arteaga Power Past the Field to Win the Inaugural Red Hook Crit London

Posted on July 14 2015, 10:19am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar

Red Hook Crit London 2015 winners Ainara Elbusto Arteaga and William Guzman on the podium. [Photo: Francesco Rachello & Eloise Mavian]

Thousands of spectators turned out in beautiful London weather to witness cycling speed and thrills as the Red Hook Crit made its UK debut outside of the O2 Arena on London’s Greenwich Peninsula. Congratulations to William Guzman and Ainara Elbusto Arteaga for taking first in the Men’s and Women’s final respectively. The 1.1km circuit was deceptively challenging, requiring both fine-tuned handling skills to negotiate a series of technical corners and raw strength to power away from the field down the wind-swept straightaways.

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In the women’s race, the first lap prime* saw local British rider Jo Smith take command by out sprinting Series Leader and Spanish rider Ainara Elbusto Arteaga to start the evening. A series of attacks on the backstretch kept the pace high and it was an attack through the start-finish by Kacey Manderfield Lloyd that only Arteaga was able to follow. This continued a fierce, competitive rivalry that began in Brooklyn and would continue throughout the inaugural race. Over the course of a few laps, four more riders bridged to Lloyd and Arteaga including Ash Duban, Sammi Runnels, Fleur Faure and Jo Celso. Artega, Runnels, Duban and Lloyd did most of the pulling while Faure and Celso were rarely on the front until the final 6 laps when Faure began her series of attacks that would win her the Rockstar Games Award for Top Antagonist, in recognition of her aggressiveness and determination throughout the race. The race ended with a dramatic surge sprint from Lloyd in the final 100m, forcing Arteaga into a showdown for the finish as she held off Lloyd’s charge by a wheel length to take the race in thrilling fashion.

Manderfield-Lloyd (black and pink jersey) makes a move for the lead but eventual race winner Artega (red jersey) holds out in front. [Photo: Francesco Rachello & Eloise Mavian]

The sun began to set and the crowds of spectators continued to wrap around the circuit before the men’s feature race. With the top ten riders on the grid posting qualifying times all within one second of each other, we knew the race was going to be a fast one.

Brooklyn No. 7 winner Thibaud Lhenry, gained an early advantage but it was local Londoner Alec Briggs and Italian Nicholas Varani who made the race’s first breakaway. Back in the field, however, series veteran Mario Paz Duque and American Zac Felpel were spurred on by the prime bell and Paz Duque powered through to take the first lap prime, his 4th consecutive first lap prime extending back to Barcelona in 2014. That move would cause alarm in the field and American Addison Zawada took to the front to bring the gap down and neutralize the break.

A very happy Addison Zawada holds up his Rockstar Top Antagonist trophy. [Photo: Jack Chevell]

The split between the front and back halves of the field extended in the second half of the race and ultimately a pack of 31 riders made up the front pack going into the final lap. Top favorites including Ivan Ravaioli, Paz Duque, Lhenry, Augusto Reati, and surprise finishers from Brooklyn No. 8 William Guzman and Raul Torres Pagaza were all in the lead pack and any of these athletes were capable of winning the race.

But it was fastest qualifier Guzman, who had been lying in wait for the previous 23 laps, who displayed a phenomenal finishing sprint in the final 300m to take the victory.

William Guzman crosses the finish line after a gutsy sprint to take the first Red Hook Criterium London. [Photo: Jack Chevell]

Despite the challenging course, the race boasted the largest finishing field ever, with 70 riders completing the race – more finishers than any other race in RHC history. There is now a tie in the overall Men’s Series standings between William Guzman and Ivan Ravaioli, at 59 points each. Thibaud Lhenry jumped to 3rd place overall edging out Raul Torres Pagaza, who sits 4th. In the Women’s Series, Ainara Elbusto Arteaga continues to lead with 79 points, followed by Kacey Lloyd and Fleur Faure.

The series continues to Barcelona with part three of the four-part championship taking place on September 5th.

Reece Wood and George Garnier of London’s 5th Floor Racing steady each other on the start line of the first Red Hook Crit London.

Men’s Results
1.     William Guzman (PR)
2.     Mario Paz Duque (CO)
3.     Thibaud Lhenry (FR)
4.     Ivan Ravaioli (IT)
5.     Fabio Scazaratti (IT)
6.     Augusto Reati (IT)
7.     Daniele Callegarin (IT)
8.     Zac Felpel (US)
9.     Roberto Barone (IT)
10.   Raul Torres Pagaza (MX) 

1st Lap (Breakfast prime): Mario Paz Duque (CO)
Halfway (Dinner prime): Nicolas Variani (IT)
Fastest Lap Qualifying Time: William Guzman (PR)
Rockstar Top Antagonist: Addison Zawada (19th place) (US)

The Red Hook Criterium London is underway – a record 70 riders would go on to finish the race. [Photo: Francesco Rachello & Eloise Mavian]

Women’s Results
1.     Ainara Elbusto Arteaga (ES)
2.     Kacey Lloyd (US)
3.     Ash Duban (US)
4.     Sammi Runnels (US)
5.     Fleur Faure (FR)
6.     Jo Celso (US)
7.     Jo Smith (GB)
8.     Gretchen Stumhofer (US)
9.     Keira McVitty (GB)
10.   Stefania Baldi (IT)

1st Lap (Breakfast prime): Jo Smith (GB)
Halfway (Dinner prime): Ainara Elbusto Arteaga (ES)
Fastest Lap Qualifying Time: Ainara Elbusto Arteaga (ES)
Rockstar Top Antagonist: Fleur Faure (FR)

*Prime: A prize offered to the first rider across the start/finish line on a designated lap. RHC offers a first lap and mid-race prize.

The Red Hook Crit Heads to London for the First Time, This Saturday July 11th

The Red Hook Crit Heads to London for the First Time, This Saturday July 11th

Posted on July 7 2015, 11:09am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar

The Red Hook Crit - the world’s premier track bike crit featuring professional road racers, track specialists, bike messengers, and urban cyclists competing over multiple laps around a fast, technical circuit - makes its London debut this Saturday, July 11th. Hosted at the iconic Greenwich Peninsula, outside the O2 Arena, athletes will race along the waterfront circuit in the second leg of the four part 2015 Championship Series.

Hard-fought battles in the first race at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal back in April shaped the current standings and London will see the return of top competitors from both the Men’s and Women’s fields. 2014 series champion Arinara Elbusto Arteaga defends her first place position against French professional Fleur Faure, past RHC winners Kacey Manderfield Lloyd and Ash Duban. The men’s race in Brooklyn was transformed by a crash in the lead pack during the final laps, allowing Italian Ivan Ravaioli to seize the lead and fend off the chase pack for first place. Young bloods Luis Junquera and Raul Torres will be in pursuit of the pole position, but the field is packed with seasoned RHC powerhouse athletes setting the stage for a world-class event. 

[Photo Credit: Jason Sellers]

The Rockstar Award for Top Antagonist also comes to London, awarded in both final criteriums to the riders whose tactics, tenacity and strength most affect the race regardless of their final standing.

The race is free for spectators and we invite everyone in the London area to check out one of the coolest bike races in the world. For more information, visit or check out the official Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. For a glimpse of the action, check out the video below:

Experience the thrill of high-speed track bike criterium racing on the streets of London when the Red Hook Criterium comes to London’s Greenwich Peninsula on Saturday, July 11th. Free for spectators and accessible via the Jubilee Line. Races begin at 19:30.#redhookcrit #rhcl1 #greenwichpeninsula

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